The Christmas party season is fast approaching and if you feel like a change from the usual turkey or nut roast then Hastings’ new neighbourhood kitchen is offering something different.

Home Ground Kitchen (HGK) opened at the end of July in Gotham Alley after raising funds through a crowd-funding campaign. Operating as a canteen and cookery school, they serve food from around the world and work with local cooks from different cultures. They’ll be continuing the global food theme over Christmas with celebratory dishes from countries such as the Philippines, Sweden, India and Syria. 

The style of presentation will be communal feasting. Co-founder Kate Rintoul says: “We’ve all been to those work parties where you’re sat on the end of a long table and the conversation isn’t as flowing as the alcohol. We wanted something different for HGK so we’ll be serving up sharing plates in a family-style of dining to get people talking and trying interesting flavours.” 

On weekdays, groups of 12 or less can book into a lunchtime canteen slot (12-3pm), where from 16th December there’ll be a menu of global celebratory food. To help get festivities rolling, it’s BYOB, with corkage at £3 a bottle. 

For larger parties and evening events, HGK is working with local Syrian chef Abdulkhalek Alsharafli to create a Festive Feast of Arabic food featuring opulent mezze grazing boards and traditional dishes served in a communal style, finished off with Abdulkhalek’s baklava and home-made ice cream. This menu is £19.50 a head and can be booked for after 2pm on weekdays and weekends.

For more information and bookings email [email protected] 

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